Painting Vanes for drifter floats

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Painting Vanes for drifter floats

Post by The Fatchap » Fri Jan 11 2019 22:41

Hi there, I have just started making my own drifter floats. The only problem so far is, I've tried using milk cartons to make the vanes.
They work very well, but I've painted them with hi viz acrylic paint but when they are wet the paint lifts off. Should I use something as an undercoat? If so what?
I've also bought carbon fibre sheet will this accept acrylic paint?
Thanks for any advice.
Colin

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Re: Painting Vanes for drifter floats

Post by Cyprio » Fri Jan 11 2019 23:04

The Fatchap wrote:
Hi there, I have just started making my own drifter floats. The only problem so far is, I've tried using milk cartons to make the vanes.
They work very well, but I've painted them with hi viz acrylic paint but when they are wet the paint lifts off. Should I use something as an undercoat? If so what?
I've also bought carbon fibre sheet will this accept acrylic paint?
Thanks for any advice.
Colin
Hi Colin
I also used carbon for my vanes.
I applied a couple of coats of white primer first, it will boost the hi viz colour.
After applying the colour I coated with lacquer.

I used Halfords paint/primer and lacquer.

In case you haven't tried you can get a slight curve in the carbon by flexing it whilst applying heat from a hot air gun
I had pre drilled the holes for the carbon stems whilst still hot I fitted the vane to the stem so when it cooled it kept the shape I wanted. Don't heat it too much as it will blister.

Andy

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Re: Painting Vanes for drifter floats

Post by Mike J » Sat Jan 12 2019 11:59

Sections cut from flashy drink bottles.
Boiling water to shape them, very cold sets the shape.
If it blows hard and they bend a bit just double them up using an office stapler.
Cheapest available as you can find them almost anywhere and no painting required.

The best multi use primer-undercoat is Ronseal One Coat, no prep and it takes everything on top. :thumbs:

Try stems from aluminium knitting needles, they have minimal weight and can be easily flattened, drilled or reshaped and they dont break!

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Re: Painting Vanes for drifter floats

Post by davelumb » Sat Jan 12 2019 12:05

Dayglo gaffer tape coated in clear epoxy.

https://www.gaffatape.com/high-visibili ... fault.aspx

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Re: Painting Vanes for drifter floats

Post by Kevin O'Keeffe » Wed Mar 13 2019 11:39

Just made some carbon ones with help from guys on here. I got some waterproof reflective tape designed for cyclists to add to their bikes. I have been putting it on in stripes means I have black / orange day glo stripes. I get light reflected by the orange but also a silhouette in conditions where black is seen better. As the carbon sails are a bugger if not impossible to change it makes sense on my drifters.

K
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